Fall in Love with the Qur’an

– Quran 37


حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ صَالِحٍ حَدَّثَنَا يَحْيَى بْنُ أَيُّوبَ عَنْ عُبَيْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ أَبِي جَعْفَرٍ عَنْ رَجُلٍ مِنْ شُيُوخِ مِصْرَ أَنَّهُ حَدَّثَهُ

عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عَمْرٍو عَنْ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ أَنَّهُ قَالَ

الْقُرْآنُ أَحَبُّ إِلَى اللَّهِ مِنْ السَّمَوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَمَنْ فِيهِنَّ

‘Abdullāh ibn ‘Amr related that the Messenger of Allah  said, “The Qur’ān is more beloved to Allah than the heavens, the earth and all that they contain.”

(Sunan Dārimī)

Think of all the people in this world that you love: your parents, your spouse, your children – and think of how strong your love for those people is. Think of all the things that you love in this world: your home, your car, your phone – and think of how attached you are to those possessions. However great our love for those people and those things is, and however strong our attachment to them, our love for the Qur’ān ought to be greater than all of that. It should be the most beloved thing to us out of everything that exists – because to Allah ta‘ālā it is the most beloved thing. And if you do become a āfiẓul Qur’ān, then this is the only way you will be able to properly retain what you have learnt: if you fall in love with the Qur’ān.

We all would profess to love the Qur’ān. But merely claiming such love does not make it true. Whether we truly do love it or not can be gauged from our actions. How much time do we really spend with the Qur’ān? How much do we enjoy listening to it, how often do we recite it, and how much effort do we put into learning it? The answer to those questions would be an indication of how strong our love for the Qur’ān truly is – as the lover always loves to be with the beloved. And the more time we do spend with the Qur’ān, the more we will come to love it and the greater our attachment to it will become.

May Allah ta‘ālā strengthen our love for the Qur’ān and make it the most beloved thing to us as it is to Him, āmīn.

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